Unemployment rates hit historic high for August

NWT Bureau of Statistics says employment in the NWT rose by 200 workers causing unemployment to jump to 11.3 per cent.


A group of business groups are calling on the GNWT to focus on the economy while reopening. One of the recommendations involves letting Canadians from other parts of the country visit without quarantining. (Photo courtesy of Anson Chappell licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

According to the NWT Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate rose to a historic high in August.

As a result of more people seeking employment the employment rate also increased from July to August.

“These changes suggest an increase in economic activities following the relaxation of constraints introduced to contain the coronavirus,” states the report.

Employment in the areas of finance, insurance and real estate saw the most gains with a month-to-month increase among females, Indigenous persons, and those living outside of Yellowknife in the workforce.

Employment rates in youth, ages 15 to 24, suggest a 700 person decline compared to the same month last year.

Across Canada, all provinces and territories recorded increases in employment rates.

Among them with the highest employment rates recorded in the country in August, were in the Yukon, NWT and Saskatchewan.

The next report will be published Oct. 9.

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